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Faithful servant from St Ives retires after 50 years

Elizabeth Barker will be retiring on May 30 from most of her parochial duties after 50 years of service at Sacred Heart St Ives.

“I have seen seven priests come and go over the fifty years,” said Elizabeth. In that time, she has taken on roles as Catechesis Coordinator for First Communion, and in the Confirmation, RCIA and Children’s Liturgy and adult RE courses.

Her other service has included being chair and secretary to the Parish Council and serving on the Liturgy Committee, Grapevine editorial group and Holy Land Committee. She was Parish Secretary for 13 years and for 28 years representative on Churches Together in St Ives and secretary to the Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Commission. At one time she held down 20 voluntary posts in the parish and diocese.

Elizabeth started monthly parish lunches, and these continued for 36 years with the help of other parishioners until the lockdown. She also catered for visiting clergy through the years.

For the foreseeable future Elizabeth will continue as secretary to the Finance and Building and president of the parish SVP Conference.

There will be a thank you celebration with her after 11am Mass on Sunday May 29.

Pictured above is Elizabeth Barker (centre) with the Sacred Heart Proclaim Evangelisation Group.